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Eric33 added a video. 1 hours ago

Mona Lisa

Tune of the 50s.Ideal tune for the Chromatic.

Sarge replied to the topic 'Current Prices and a Little History' in the forum. 8 hours 11 minutes ago

Amazon has a great price right now on the Easttop T008K for $9.80 and the T008S for $20.80. I have 7 of the T008S and I really like them. I also have one of the T008K, also a good harp and $9.80 for it is a steal.

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Dexer replied to the topic 'Current Prices and a Little History' in the forum. 8 hours 41 minutes ago

I've largely stopped buying German harps because they are just too expensive. That's certainly not to say that I won't buy one again because I do like them...but it would require special circumstances. Maybe someday I'll treat myself to another Seydel 1847. And I have a half dozen Session Steels....great harps but I've about hit my limit.

The price of Hohners in Canada is so outrageous it's almost funny. I wouldn't even consider buying a Marine Band again. The analogy I've used before is this: Marine Bands are like Chevrolets. Chevrolets are good solid cars and I like them...I'm a Chevy man. But if I'm buying a Chevrolet, don't charge me for a Cadillac. If I'm going to buy a nailed together, wooden Marine Band, then don't charge me the same price as a bolted together premium harp with an anodized aluminum comb. I paid $34.00CDN for a Marine Band in Canada in 2013. I'm not going to pay $62.00CDN (an average price) in 2016.

At the moment, I'm concentrating on the Japanese harps available on amazon and ebay.

First off, I'd say the "beginner/starter harp" is now a rather arbitrary description. At one time, it would describe a decent quality affordable harp. These days, the price has largely been divorced from the equation.

Would everybody agree that a Hohner Special 20 is a great beginner harp? Absolutely. Would every agree that the Suzuki Hammond is a high quality premium harp? I think they would. Yet I have bought Suzuki Hammonds for much less than Hohner Special 20s. Is the Lee Oskar a good beginner harp? Sure it is. But you can buy a top-of-line Tombo Aero Reed with a chromed aluminum comb directly from Japan for less than the cost of a Tombo manufactured Lee Oskar.

With apologies to North American harp dealers, I now buy mostly on amazon (amazon.ca here in Canada) and eBay.

Amazon (at least in Canada) has some crazy good deals but you have to keep on top of the market and grab deals when you find them. As I mentioned in another thread, I picked up a Suzuki Hammond for $26.16CDN which is less than $20.00US at the current exchange rate. Right now, I can buy a Tombo Aero Reed in the key of C for $49.03CDN ($38.00US) direct from Japan with free-shipping from a third party seller on amazon. Maybe you want a different key than C...if you are looking to round out you collection, amazon.ca has several Suzuki Olives (excellent high end harps) for little more than $26.00CDN (again, less than $20.00US).

So am I going to walk into an "authorized dealer" and pay $45.00US for a Hohner Marine Band or Special 20? Nope...that won't happen.

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AndyT replied to the topic 'Current Prices and a Little History' in the forum. 9 hours 13 minutes ago

Another interesting price based phenomenon is the fluctuation due to exchange rates. Recently the Aus Dollar was down against the Euro and US Dollar, so harmonicas started to cost a lot more. The Aus dollar has climbed back up again and thus the price of harmonicas have gone down again. Price raises, like death and taxes, seem inevitable now.

Andy

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Sarge replied to the topic 'Current Prices and a Little History' in the forum. 10 hours 4 minutes ago

Prices have climbed no doubt. When you get to the age of myself and Suave, then you can spout out recalling the time when and good German made Old Standby was $1.50-$2.00 and Marine Bands were a buck or two higher and if you couldn't pick up enough pop bottles for an Old Standby you could get an American Ace for a buck and it played just fine. I remember the first chromatic I bought as a new teenager; I had trapped fur all winter catching mostly skunks and possums. I sent my furs to Taylor Fur Company and couple weeks later got a check for $21.25. With that I bought a Hohner 260 chromatic and I was thrilled with it. It was different and I couldn't play much on it at first, but I was still thrilled with it. I had enough money left over to get a Zebco 33 fishing reel and I was also thrilled with that.

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Suave_Blues_Man created a new topic ' Current Prices and a Little History' in the forum. 10 hours 32 minutes ago

Howdy Y'all,

I got to looking at recent prices, (and giving consideration to), Beginner/starter harps in comparison to the Hohner Special 20/Lee Oskar/ Seydel Session (Std.)/ and the Suzuki Bluesmaster. These are comparable harps that have all been easy to access for about the last 5-10 years.

Prices, however, have climbed out of a twenty year low up into the stratosphere! Have a look:

Hohner Marine Band - $44.99 USD (Amazon)
M.B. Deluxe - 45.95 "
Special 20 - 44.99 "

Huang - $16.75 USD (approx.)

Lee Oskar - $55.95 USD

Seydel Session Std - $41.59 USD
" Steel - 71.34

Suzuki Bluesmaster - $49.99 USD
Harpmaster - 49.99
Folkmaster - 19.99

Hohner's WEREabout $25.95 in 2002. Deluxe's WERE over $$75 and Sp 20's WERE $11.95. Huang's were under $10. Lee Oskar's about $29.95 along with the Suzuki's! What happened? Popularity, competition, personal repair and modification and YouTube have all contributed to a strengthening world market.

It's no wonder that a newbie harp player wants to know "What harp do I get?". On the plus side there are Huang's, Suzuki Folkmaster's and resources like Harp House, Route 66 Harmonica Club/Mike Peace and many other professional repair and modification people who turn out a good harp. Oh there are resources like eBay, yard sales and used vendors. (The recommendation here is that either you or a harp-smith give each harp a good once over aimed at cleaning-tuning and reassembly.

Don't feel daunted by the challenge of harmonica acquisition: feel empowered by it!

Be Blues...And Jazz,

Suave Blues Man

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AndyT added a video. 11 hours 40 minutes ago

Workin Riff

Trying out a new riff, on a Hohner Crossover, in A, key of E in second position.

Tootler and AndyT have commented on Marcy's video 13 hours 41 minutes ago

I really enjoyed that. Classic American song superbly performed.

Dixie Darlin' by the Tin Cup Rattlers

Here's one of our favorite Carter Family songs called Dixie Darlin'. Jeff's playing clawhammer banjo and Marcy's playing harmonica.

Suave_Blues_Man replied to the topic 'New member' in the forum. 19 hours 46 minutes ago

Howdy Indra,

Nice to have you here at HC!

What brand of harmonica? What have you been practicing? We have monthly songs to play if you care to listen. Get to meet a lot of new friends from all over the world. How far from Atlanta?

Be Blues...And Jazz,

Suave Blues Man

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Sarge replied to the topic 'New member' in the forum. yesterday

Welcome Indra! Great to have you here. Jump in and join the fun, ask questions if you have any. Lots of helpful folks here.

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Suave_Blues_Man replied to the topic 'Local "Cover" Band"' in the forum. yesterday

Howdy Sarge,

$7,500 for a four hour gig...They HAVE to be good!

Be Blues...And Jazz,

Suave Blues Man

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Indra created a new topic ' New member' in the forum. yesterday

I am new to this site
I am learning harmonica for about 6 months

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Sarge replied to the topic 'Local "Cover" Band"' in the forum. yesterday

Suave_Blues_Man wrote:

Howdy Reed Smith,

They can really belt a tune, eh? Powerful, professional and they grab your socks and shake you! :P

Be Blues...And Jazz,

Suave Blues Man

I just listened to some of their music. They are very good and it's not often you find a band with a horn section and multiple singers, etc. I'll bet they don't hurt for gigs.

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Sarge replied to the topic 'NEW Red Howler for half-price' in the forum. yesterday

That is a good deal if you could get it for the opening bid of $49.99. I have 3 mics, so I don't need any.

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Dixie Darlin' by the Tin Cup Rattlers

Here's one of our favorite Carter Family songs called Dixie Darlin'. Jeff's playing clawhammer banjo and Marcy's playing harmonica.

Suave_Blues_Man created a new topic ' NEW Red Howler for half-price' in the forum. 2 days ago

Howdy Y'all,

eBay has a Red Howler mic for half-price at

www.ebay.com/itm/272311185422?_trksid=p2...e=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Any takers?

Be Blues...And Jazz,

Suave Blues Man

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Suave_Blues_Man replied to the topic 'Local "Cover" Band"' in the forum. 2 days ago

Howdy Reed Smith,

They can really belt a tune, eh? Powerful, professional and they grab your socks and shake you! :P

Be Blues...And Jazz,

Suave Blues Man

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Reed Smith replied to the topic 'Local "Cover" Band"' in the forum. 3 days ago

I saw them in the bar at Dallas International just last week:)

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Harmlessonica replied to the topic 'Turkey in the Straw--July Song of the Month' in the forum. 3 days ago

Great version Andy, those bent notes give a distinctive quality.

I've been trying to do a version on the Seydel Big Six, which means some bending on the low register, with little success so far. Kudos to you for tackling them head on!

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Sarge replied to the topic 'Turkey in the Straw--July Song of the Month' in the forum. 3 days ago

Good job Andy!!!!!

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